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Stony Brook University

Preservation Department

Home site for the Stony Brook University Libraries Preservation Department, our mission, our roles, our services offered, etc.

    ARTstor Information and Use

The ARTstor Digital Library is comprised of digital images and their corresponding data (i.e., metadata), the tools to make active use of those images, and an online environment intended to balance the interests of users with those of content providers. With ARTstor, you will be able to search for images online, save groups of images for your use and student use, and create digital image presentations. ARTstor documents artistic and historical traditions across many time-periods and cultures, and focuses on, but is not limited to, art. ARTstor's Charter Collection contains approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different cultures and disciplines; by 2007 ARTstor is expected to contain more than 500,000 images.


Access to ARTstor 
As a campus-wide resource, ARTstor is designed to be used by art historians, and for researchers in fields that do not traditionally use images.  As an information source it seeks to offer sufficient breadth and depth to support a wide range of non-commercial educational and scholarly activities. It is not a free database; Stony Brook University has a current subscription for students, faculty, and staff to use.


To Access:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Databases” towards the top left of the page. 
  3. Click the letter “A” from the alphabet displayed.
  4. The list is in alphabetical order. Scroll all the way down and click on "ARTstor."
  5. If you are using an off-campus computer, you will need to log in with your NetID at some point in this process.